UWB test: Call for participation Blog 9/30/2007 Post a comment I'm happy to report that an unbiased performance test is being coordinated by industry expert Fanny Mlinarsky, a highly-regarded consultant with more than 24 years of senior R&D expertise in wireless technologies.
Refrigerators Manage Inventory Blog 9/27/2007 1 comment On Wednesday, in the most unlikely place, DEMOfall 07 in San Diego, Calif., I struck up a conversation with Adam Metz, a media releations person at LaunchSquad, who attended the show representing Attendi, a New York startup founded by i33's Drew Rayman.
Metz mentioned during the interview that he and his wife have plans to remodel their kitchen in summer 2008, and contemplated installing an RFID-equipped refrigerator. I believe it's the first time I had heard of someone seriously considering
SerDes: A new definition? Blog 9/26/2007 Post a comment The mission of engineers is to find a better way and that might be what Align Engineering has done with its Align Lock Loop (ALL) technology.
Item-Level Tagging Blog 9/26/2007 Post a comment Have you ever bought or sold an expensive item on eBay or any other online auction site?
Last year at the local Salvador Ferragamo store I bought an expensive classic purse that I wore for one month before deciding the strap was too short. So, I wrapped up the purse and stuck it in a drawer thinking it would never again see the light of day.
Welcome To Your RFID World Blog 9/24/2007 Post a comment Guess who? Yep, me. I'm back to bring you all the RFID-related news and interesting tidbits on privacy, piracy, investments, retail and government mandates, as well as healthcare and automotive initiatives from around the world.
When FedEx sneezes Blog 9/24/2007 Post a comment FedEx has just cut its financial forecast for the current fiscal year citing the "sluggish" U.S. economy. Any decline in sales expectations at logistics companies that is not a result of operational missteps should be a warning sign to the rest of the economy.
Facebook or Face Off? Blog 9/24/2007 Post a comment Over the past several weeks Microsoft expressed an interest in investing in Facebook. Now, the company is in talks to buy the startup, and in the process give it a value in excess of $10 billion.
Bose speaker innovations Blog 9/21/2007 Post a comment Earlier this week, I spent time with Bose Corp. at The Mountain in Framingham, MA. Bose introduced new speaker technology that (in my opinion) that has significant implications for Digital TV audio technology. Bose introduced what they call a "Computer Music Monitor."
Not your father's circuits Blog 9/19/2007 Post a comment The presenters at CICC are pointing out that some ofthe problems found at very-deep-submicron processes can be solved at the architectural level.
Microsoft vs EU antitrust ruling : A precedent too far? Blog 9/17/2007 Post a comment It did not take long for EU competition commissioner Neelie Kroes to put the boot in. Minutes after the European Court of First Instance handed down its significant judgment against Microsoft, she fired a warning shot across the bow of other high-tech companies that may be thinking of ignoring its antitrust strictures.
IBC notebook: EBU, supporting progressive scan, trashes 1080i Blog 9/17/2007 Post a comment On the final day of IBC I made my way to the EBU demo, comparing 1080i, 720p, and 1080p after being encoded by H.264 at various bit rates. It was an impressive and carefully prepared demo, and unlike similar comparisons I've seen previously in the U.S., this one had a very clear message: 720p is better than 1080i.
ESC Boston Blog 9/11/2007 Post a comment Product and technology hype is inevitable no matter where you go but at ESC the credibility level is still pretty good because the audience is so well informed.
Marketing to Customers: the Growth of Users Groups Blog 9/11/2007 Post a comment If you take the list of the top two hundred electronics companies in the world you have the EDA RAM (Relevant Available Market). Companies not on the list are not, with very few exceptions, going to provide a significant revenue stream worth the focused attention of the big four EDA vendors, who collectively control about 80% of the total industry's revenue.
CEDIA 2007 - Wrap-up Blog 9/10/2007 Post a comment With the C.E.D.I.A. Show finished for another year, I'm sitting back and wondering about what the show was all about. I'm still wondering. Unlike previous years, many products were introduced prior to the show. While there were certainly new products introduced this year, they were in much smaller numbers than in recent years.
IBC notebook Blog 9/10/2007 Post a comment IBC highlights this year include 3D LCD screens from Philips that are truly "almost ready for prime time" (no glasses!), holographic storage that puts over 300-Gbytes on a 5-inch disc (and Ikegami, with no legacy tape format loyalty, is the first to offer it), and NHK's ultra high speed camera demo that shoots one million frames per second.
CEDIA 2007 - Day 2 Blog 9/8/2007 Post a comment Today I continued to wander the Colorado Convention Center at C.E.D.I.A., in hopes of getting some insight into trends and developments. As we all know, LCD TV is now the driving force of the digital TV business, and this is expected to continue for the next several years at the expense of plasma displays and rear projection microdisplays.
CEDIA 2007 - Day 1 Blog 9/7/2007 Post a comment Today, the C.E.D.I.A. Show opened to throngs of dealers, installers and the press. I haven't seen the official registration figures, but as soon as I do I will pass them along. At the same time that C.E.D.I.A. is going on in Denver, IBC (International Broadcast Conference) is going on in Amsterdam.
CEDIA 2007 - Press Day Blog 9/6/2007 Post a comment Today was press day at C.E.D.I.A. While it's always hectic, it still doesn't match press day at CES. In total, there were nine press events today, but not all of them affected DTV. My first meeting today was with the HD DVD Promotion Group, who mentioned that there are now more than 300 titles available on HD DVD with more on the way for the volatile 4th quarter.
Xohm to the WiMAX Blog 9/5/2007 Post a comment You may have already heard about this but it is news to me. Sprint Nextel is going to call its WiMAX network Xohm.
DAC: An Independent Technical Program Committee Blog 9/4/2007 Post a comment In my blog of August 24, entitled "Vendors not the sole cause of declining DAC attendance", I may have given the impression that two of the three DAC sponsors, namely ACM and the IEEE have direct control over the contents of the Technical Program. I did not mean to imply this.